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  • What We Learned: The myth of ‘team player’ Alex Ovechkin

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 hr ago

    (Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.  

    Alex Ovechkin scored that goal on Saturday — that goal: that powerful, cutting, graceful, terrifying goal — to cut into the Rangers' lead, and it was astonishing. It was one of those “they'll show that on the career highlight reel when he retires” goals.

    And what was the talking point on television when everyone stopped saying, “Wow,” long enough to catch their breath? That this goal was further evidence Alex Ovechkin had, over the past summer, become a team player who changed his game completely to fit his new coach's systems. Never mind that this was a goal of which only the world' elite would be capable, or that it was basically the definition of a goal that came as a direct result of supreme individual effort; the assertion is in itself absurd.

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